• Resource Fess FAQs
  • Resource Fees

    Hodges University strives diligently to provide course materials to students at a rate that is less than what would be paid to purchase the same course materials independently. Beginning January 2017, a required Resource Fee has been implemented which will be charged for each course that a student is registered for during each semester, if there are course materials required.

    Learn more about Hodges’ resource fees and its program for course materials.

    For more information about resource fee pricing per course for the current semester, click here.

  • A resource fee is a new course fee tied to individual courses that have required course materials/textbooks for that course.
    No. Resource fees will only be included on courses that have required course materials. If there are no textbooks/course materials required, there will not be any additional resource fees added to that course.
    Over the past 3-5 years, there has been a significant increase in the prices of textbooks and other course materials for post-secondary education. In efforts to reduce these costs, Hodges University has partnered with textbook vendors and publishers to provide all required course materials at a discounted rate for all students.
    The resource fees range from $0 - $400 per course. These amounts are based on the number of required materials for the course and the type of materials used (i.e. e-books, access codes, physical textbooks). A majority of the resource fees are below $90 per course.

    Yes. By clicking here, or the link above, a student will be able to view a spreadsheet that will give details about all courses, the required course materials (including ISBN information) and the resource fee associated with each course. Please note that there may be updated to the course materials and resource fee pricing prior to the start of each term.

    If a student is considered a cash-paying student, the resource fees are a required institutional fee that all cash-paying students pay. If a student is using Title IV federal aid (financial aid) to pay for tuition and/or fees, the student has the right to opt out of the resource fees and purchase the required materials on their own.
    Yes. If a student has enough financial aid to cover the tuition and fee costs, the resource fees will be included in those costs. Please keep in mind that if a student is using financial aid to cover the costs, check with a financial aid specialist to make sure that the financial aid will cover all tuition and fees, including the resource fees.
    No. A student will be ineligible to use financial aid to cover course materials/textbooks if a student decides to opt out of the resource fees.
    • There’s no need to worry about looking up course materials on multiple external sites – Hodges University has already done that for the student.
    • All required course materials will be available to a student ton the first day of class.
    • A student will be charged significantly less in comparison to an external book vendor that may charge retail price, shipping, taxes and more – the resource fees are one low rate per course.
    • A student will have access to our customer service teams through Ed Map and Student Financial Services if they need assistance or have questions about course materials.
    • A student will be eligible for use financial aid funds to help cover the resource fee costs, if applicable.
    • A student will be eligible to sign up for a payment plan if financial aid cannot cover the entire cost, which may include resource fees.
    • A student may not use Title IV federal aid (financial aid) to purchase their required and/or optional materials, for any course.
    • All of the required course materials will be the student’s responsibility to purchase on their own.
    • Resource fees will not be applied to a student’s account, so they would be ineligible to set up a Hodges payment plan for the course materials.
    • A student is required to have all course materials purchased and received no later than the third day after the course start date.
    • It is not the responsibility of Hodges University faculty and/or staff to provide extenuating accommodations if you are purchasing your required materials from a third-party.
    No. The University no longer uses book vouchers since we have now implemented the resource fees being placed on each course.
    Instead of receiving a book voucher, students will now receive a confirmation email, sent directly to the Hodges email account, that gives steps/instructions for confirming class schedule and required course materials needed for those classes.
    This begins 21 days prior to the start of the term. Please remember that if a student is taking a mini-B term class, they will not receive a confirmation email about those classes until 21 days prior to the start.
    • E-books will be available on the first day of the class start date.
    • Physical books will be shipped to the student within a week prior to the class start date. If the student did not register until the start of the semester, they will confirm all course materials on that day and physical items will be shipped to you within 3-5 days.
    • If a Print-on-Demand (POD) is chosen with an e-book, it will be shipped to the student within a week before the classes begin. If the student did not register until the start of the semester, they will confirm course information on that day and the POD will be shipped to you within 3-5 days. Please remember, students will still have access to their e-books as soon as the confirmation process is complete.
    If an e-book is not offered for a course, the student will receive a physical textbook. The student will still be required to go through the confirmation process in order to confirm their physical textbook. They will be prompted to confirm their physical mailing address so the physical item(s) can be shipped to the correct address.
    A student will also choose the POD option as they’re going through the confirmation process. Students will be prompted to confirm their physical mailing address so the POD can be shipped to the correct address. Please note: if a student elects to have a POD option, the e-book will no longer be eligible for return.
    No. All opt-outs are final for the remainder of the semester. A student will not be eligible to opt back in until the following semester.
    All e-materials will be used through the VitalSource Bookshelf. A student may access the VitalSource Bookshelf link by going to “Tools” located in their course (through Blackboard). A student may also go directly to the VitalSource webpage by clicking here and logging in to their bookshelf using their Hodges credentials. For additional support, students can go to VitalSource support.
    If a student has additional questions, please contact Auxiliary Services at universitystore@hodges.edu or (239) 938-7770. A student may also contact Student Financial Services at sas@hodges.edu or (239) 938-7760.
  • Contact the Office of Student Financial Services

  • Fort Myers Campus

    4501 Colonial Boulevard
    Fort Myers, FL 33966

    Please include student ID number in any correspondence.
    Office Hours:
    10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. (Monday – Thursday)
    10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Friday)
    Phone: (239) 938-7760
    Fax: (239) 938-7897

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